system to match, our aaa credit rating. for those who say they oppose tax increases on anyone one, a lower credit rating would result in a higher rate on everyone in the form of mortgages, car loans, credit cards and that's inexcusable. there are a lot of crises in the world we can't always predict or avoid -- hurricanes, earthquake, tornadoes, terrorist atadges. this isn't one of those crises. the power to solve this is in our hands, and on a day when we've been remind how fragile the economy already; this is one burden we can lift ourselves. we can end this with a simple vote, a vote that democrats and republicans have been taking for decades, a vote that the leaders in congress have taken for decades. it's not a vote that allows congress to spend more money.